Republicans

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Senate should let history repeat in dumping the legislative filibuster

Today’s problems could be alleviated by Republicans doing what they said they would do during the campaign. Ending the filibuster would go a long way towards accomplishing this end, but it’s just a start. In this sense history repeating itself would be a very positive thing, indeed.

GOP Coalition Has Gone to Battle Stations—Against Itself

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

What seems apparent is that the historic opportunity the party had in January, to forge a coalition of conservatives and populists who might find common ground on immigration, trade, border security, spending, culture and foreign policy, is slipping away. And the battle for the soul and future of the GOP, thought to have been suspended until 2020, is on once again.

There are no decent plans in Congress, just lies, intraparty squabbling

Charles Hurt, Washington Times

The intraparty squabbling within the GOP has reached levels we have not seen from either party in at least a half-century. How it is Mr. Trump’s fault that the professional, experienced politicians in Congress failed to repeal Obamacare is beyond any rational thinking. It is almost as if Republicans in Congress — along with Democrats — are determined to find a Republican somewhere to blame for it.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Does bashing GOP leaders in public help or harm Trump’s cause?

Politics is a dirty game and there are nearly 20 trillion clues to prove the system isn’t working. With Trump highlighting the debt issue in public the establishment is clearly frustrated it can no longer hide from it. Congressional Republicans will be back at it soon – and they’d better get something done.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Is there anyone left in the White House to Make America Great Again?

Trump gains nothing by moving away from the promises he made during last year’s campaign. The purge of people like Gorka and Bannon in his administration isn’t helping him win over critics and is only leading to disastrous policy switches that could damage him further.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Cultural adversity reveals a lot of weird stuff about today’s America

The world is transforming right before our eyes and many of those changes are being caught in real time thanks to the invention of the smartphone. It’s often said adversity doesn’t build character, it reveals it; but in our device driven American culture, adversity’s exposing a lot of really weird stuff.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Cracks in base support will widen quickly if Trump ignores his promises

Donald Trump has thus far exhibited a remarkable ability to assess the mood of the voters and act on it. But Trump cannot take it for granted that his supporters will back everything he does. The base may be solid for now, but conservatives still expect him to keep his word.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Liberals drop Russia obsession to home in on Trump’s legitimacy

Media liberals might be taking a break from bloviating over Russia but in the interim they have found an issue that is not only attention-grabbing to the average American, but also more potent towards achieving what they’re ultimately after – the total destruction of the Trump presidency.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Can #NeverTrump claim a ‘moral imperative’ to primary Trump in 2020?

It wasn’t the only reason but one thing Trump’s supporters especially liked about him was his willingness to stand up for American traditions and culture no matter how “uncool” it seemed to the #NeverTrumpers, leftists, snobby elitists and establishment name-droppers. The same still holds.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: If Bannon promises ‘war’ on Trump’s enemies we should all volunteer

President Trump’s enemies will do their best to weaken him – and they already have – but as long as Trump sticks to his campaign promises he ultimately won’t lose. It will be more difficult without Steve Bannon by his side, but if Bannon isn’t giving up, neither should we.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: To find who the elites really despise, ride to the sound of the criticism

Steve Bannon will be a controversial figure as long as there are forces in the country out to cause trouble and establishment whiners to criticize him. But if Trump is smart he’ll look past all the outrage and recognize Bannon is only despised because he’s a threat to the established order.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Can General John Kelly put an end to the White House staff soap opera?

There are many factors beyond the president’s control in pushing policy changes and improvements. Eliminating the White House staff controversies will help move things along but the entirety of the Republican Party must get onboard if Trump is to Make America Great Again.

Is There Still a Conservative Foreign Policy?

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

In some sense, Trump has never squared the circle of proclaiming that he wanted to punish our enemies while also staying out of the business of others. Being dedicated to both agendas is a hard thing to do — a dilemma that explains why conservative foreign-policy labels mean little if anything these days.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Mitch McConnell’s lack of ‘expectations’ indicates it’s time for him to go

With all the talk of replacing Mitch McConnell as Majority Leader, we may see a changed man once the Senate reconvenes. President Trump deserves a lot of credit for injecting some of the unpredictability back into politics – and the establishment should take notice.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Media’s Charlottesville narrative – Racism, and Trump, are REALLY bad

Exploring the unfettered truth about American history and its uneven racial past is the only way to achieve real understanding today. It certainly won’t be realized by listening to the establishment media prattle on about how racist and “deplorable” Trump supporters are alleged to be.

TV Makers Can't Stop Ripping Republicans

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

As much as technology changes, some things remain the same. The entertainment factories keep ripping on Republican politicians in the crudest terms. We know the left remains emotionally overwrought by the reality that Donald Trump was elected president, but its never-ending demonization of the Reagans shows that its anger never softens.Its bitterness never relents.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Mitch McConnell’s ruling class chickens roosting comfortably in DC

The old saying goes “If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.” Perhaps conservatives should purchase a few hundred pooches and have them delivered to the capitol. If the ruling class needs “friends” so badly then maybe they should look somewhere outside of politics to find them.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Does anyone really think Mark Zuckerberg could challenge Trump in 2020?

Trump will remain controversial to many people, though four or eight years of consistent advocacy for solid policies and real results in the economy will bring people onboard. The whole notion of an independent running against him and the Democrats is a foolhardy one indeed.

Democrats, some Republicans slam new Trump-backed immigration bill. But voters like it.

Byron York, Washington Examiner

The Cotton-Perdue bill has, of course, been slammed by Democrats, but it has also been criticized by the Republicans who wrote the Senate Gang of Eight bill in 2013, the last (unsuccessful) effort to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Such opinions track those of many Democrats. But if the new poll is correct -- and it is in line with similar surveys going back years -- the bill's authors have the voters on their side.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: To “win” the political game, Trump must get a chance to play

The “game” is only in its opening stages and it’s next to impossible to determine who’s going to “win”. The people bet on Trump and it’s not time to make a personnel swap at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Even if we’re not yet “winning,” we certainly aren’t “losing” either.